Book Review: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

By on June 20, 2013

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun is a book by Gretchen Rubin. Unlike many self-help books authored by people who have had to overcome intense tragedy, disappointment, or other difficult circumstances, Gretchen Rubin is just a woman who wants to be happier.

There is nothing wrong with Gretchen Rubin’s life as it exists prior to the book. She is a woman with a driven and purposeful nature, a contemplative side, and an “insatiable need for credit”. Even though there was nothing wrong with her life per se, Gretchen Rubin knew that she was really only existing on a surface level.

She was not living her life to the fullest and gaining maximum happiness in the process.

With the knowledge that she may be wasting parts of her life away, Gretchen Rubin set out on a year long Happiness Project. She spent the entire year engaging and exploring in different, small, and doable ways in which to live life to the fullest and be happier.

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